Title

Experimental Letterpress

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Brett DeBoer

Abstract/Artist Statement

Design by hand, or by non-digital means, can easily be dismissed in design. Speed and the infinite number of options available through the digital process makes it easy to miss all of the subtleties that come from the physical effort associated with printing by hand. In this series, I have decided to combine the wealth of options that the digital medium provides with the physical touch still in tact. I started with wooden letterpress blocks that I had inked and made a miniature pattern. After this, I took photos and then placed them into Illustrator to extrapolate the patterns into a larger work. I also chose to make compositions that explore the instinctive centrifugal nature of printed form. This series also continues to explore a familiar territory to myself, which is creating hidden objects within a design. People will see different things within these explorations; sometimes it’s not always about the intention of the artist, but what the viewer finds to be significant when it comes to familiar abstracted forms. In terms of philosophy, I chose to use this project as a means to explore a medium that I really enjoy to experiment with. It’s my firm belief that focusing on what you love will lead to success. I hope to achieve this with not only this one project, but also for my future aspirations as an artist.

Location

Reynolds Art Gallery

Start Date

25-4-2016 6:00 PM

End Date

14-5-2016 6:00 PM

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Apr 25th, 6:00 PM May 14th, 6:00 PM

Experimental Letterpress

Reynolds Art Gallery

Design by hand, or by non-digital means, can easily be dismissed in design. Speed and the infinite number of options available through the digital process makes it easy to miss all of the subtleties that come from the physical effort associated with printing by hand. In this series, I have decided to combine the wealth of options that the digital medium provides with the physical touch still in tact. I started with wooden letterpress blocks that I had inked and made a miniature pattern. After this, I took photos and then placed them into Illustrator to extrapolate the patterns into a larger work. I also chose to make compositions that explore the instinctive centrifugal nature of printed form. This series also continues to explore a familiar territory to myself, which is creating hidden objects within a design. People will see different things within these explorations; sometimes it’s not always about the intention of the artist, but what the viewer finds to be significant when it comes to familiar abstracted forms. In terms of philosophy, I chose to use this project as a means to explore a medium that I really enjoy to experiment with. It’s my firm belief that focusing on what you love will lead to success. I hope to achieve this with not only this one project, but also for my future aspirations as an artist.